MS1 Class Information – Oct. 5, 2023

Melanoma Research Foundation offers research grants

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is offering 1-year, $3,000 grants to promote research opportunities to medical students early in their careers by funding clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on a better understanding of the prevention, early detection and behaviors that impact melanoma risk, biology, and treatment of melanoma, including cutaneous, ocular, mucosal, pediatric, etc. Applications for 2024 grants will be accepted until Nov. 15, 2023. You can learn much more on the Research Grant RFP page or by emailing

“Tip of the Month” from the Career Advising Student Advisory Board

We hope you’re adjusting well to medical school! You’ve now heard about our school’s summer Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) requirement.

Research not your jam? No worries! Lots of specialties don’t need it. Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP), Scholarship of Integration (SOI) or another community experience can be very useful to your career goals.

If you’re interested in a competitive specialty, such as dermatology, it can be helpful if your project is within this field — but it is OK if your research is in another field. This happens a lot. Many residency programs look positively on research projects even if they are not in the specialty you end up applying into as the project shows dedication and can build valuable skills.

See the advice from the specialty career advisors in the first two sections of the UWSOM Specialty Guides by specialty on “Advice for MS1s/MS2s Exploring This Specialty,” “Extracurriculars” and “Scale of Importance for Medical School Activities.”

Undecided on your specialty? This is super common; don’t worry! You can start exploring specialties with interest group events and the Career Advising Video Library.

  • Reviewed by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs.

In case you missed it, here is a link to the previous newsletter for MS1s.

Have a wonderful week!